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Publication numberUS3127011 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 31, 1964
Filing dateJul 3, 1962
Publication numberUS 3127011 A, US 3127011A, US-A-3127011, US3127011 A, US3127011A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Container for storage and transportation of long stem roses
US 3127011 A
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March 31, 1964 v. c. WEDDLE 3,127,011

CONTAINER FOR STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF LONG STEM ROSES Filed July 3, 1962 INVENTOR VON C. WEDDLE ATTORNEYS United States Patent M 3,127,011 CONTAINER FOR STORAGE AND TRANSPOR- TATION 0F LONG STEM ROSES Von C. Waddle, 2801 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Ind. Filed July 3, 1962, Ser. No. 207,177 2 Claims. (Cl. 206-4534) This invention relates to a new and novel container for storage and transportation of cut flowers, and more particularly to an improved protective container for use in the preparation of long stern roses for flower shows.

In exhibitions of roses, the preparation of the roses entails many problems. For the best showing, most roses are cut at the proper time and stored under refrigeration. Great care must be taken in transporting the roses to the place of the exhibition inasmuch as the petals can be easily bruised. As a matter of practice, at the exhibition, there is frequently insuificient room for the various participants to groom and tag their roses. Many individuals do not enter roses because of these inconveniences.

The object of this invention is to provide a strong protective container which will serve for storage of cut roses until time for the exhibition, and which will permit the roses to be groomed prior to the show and arrive in an undamaged condition.

A further object of the invention is to provide a protective container for the roses which can be elongated for extra long stem roses.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a substantially rigid transparent container which is substantially hermetically sealed in its closed condition and may be partially filled with water.

The invention is illustrated in its preferred embodiment in the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIGURE 1 is an elevational view of the container embodied in the invention with a portion broken away to shOW the interior; and FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the structure used in practicing the invention showing the elements in separated relationship.

In the embodiment illustrated in FIGURES 1 and 2, the container as a whole, designated by reference character 10, comprises a tubular portion 11 which is cylindrical in shape and opened at both ends. An upper cap 12 and a lower cap 14 made of molded clear plastic approximately thick are provided which snugly, but removably, engage the ends of the tubular portion 11.

The container is normally composed of clear acetate of appropriate gage--say 0.010" or of other transparent and substantially rigid plastic. A container wherein the tubular portion 11 is 24 inches long and 3 inches in diameter will hold one long stem rose and weighs empty about 8 oz. About 2 /2 inches of water 16 placed in lower cap '14 of the container will last, even with the long stem roses, at least a week.

In practice, the roses 15 are cleaned, groomed and placed in the tube 11 butt end first through the opening the same day they are cut. Since the roses 15 are in 3,127,011 Patented Mar. 31, 1964 water 16, the container 10 may he stood on end 14 in a refrigerator or placed in a box with crushed ice around the container 14 for cooling. Cut roses have been kept for a week in this manner and shown thereafter in excellent shape. The container 10 with rose 15 and water 16 is easily transportable to the exhibition. At the exhibition, the tubular portion 11 together with the upper cap 12 and the rose 15 are separated from the lower cap 14 and the rose 15 removed butt end first from the tubular portion 11, and placed into a show vase after placing an already prepared entry card 17 around the neck of the vasethe card 17 with elastic band 20 having previously been looped around the lower cap 14, as shown.

The cut roses 15 hold their color longer and open slower because container 10 is substantially airtight. In practice, the caps 12 and 14 are approximately 3 inches in height. For longer roses, the container can be elongated about three to four inches by positioning cap 12 and cap 14 to a certain extent appropriately on tubular portion 11, without unduly sacrificing the rigidity and strength of the container 10.

The foregoing detailed description has been given for clearness of understanding only, and no unnecessary limitations should be understood therefrom, for modifications will be obvious to those skilled in the art.

I claim:

1. A container for the storing and transportation of long stem roses or the like which comprises an elongated cylindrical member and a removable watertight cap means slidably embracing an end thereof in continuous peripheral frictional fit, said cylindrical member and said cap means being composed of water impervious plastic material, said container being substantially airtight, said cylindrical member composed of thinner gage material than said cap means whereby the container may be vented by deformation of a portion of said cylindrical member beneath said cap means.

2. A container for the storing and transportation of long stem roses for an exhibition which comprises an elongated transparent cylindrical member and removable watertight cap means slidably embracing each end thereof in continuous peripheral frictional fit, said member and said cap means being composed of water impervious plastic material, said container being substantially airtight, said cylindrical member composed of thinner gage material than said cap means whereby the container is vented by deformation of a portion of said cylindrical member beneath one of said cap means.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,624,407 Hamilton Apr. 12, 1927 2,176,955 Clow Oct. 24, 1939 2,285,220 Morrell June 2, 1942 2,632,286 Newhall Mar. 24, 1953 FOREIGN PATENTS 65,252 Switzerland Aug. 1, 1913

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U.S. Classification206/423, 229/93
International ClassificationA01G5/00, B65D85/50, A01G5/06
Cooperative ClassificationB65D85/505, B65D11/02
European ClassificationB65D11/02, B65D85/50B